Germany in August: Beer Festival & Weather Tips

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Summer is still in full swing in Germany in August. The weather is pleasant throughout the month, making it an excellent time for sightseeing and outdoor activities. Explore the architectural marvels and museums in Berlin, hike the picturesque Rhine Valley countryside, or spend some relaxing days in the spa town of Baden-Baden. From the Bavarian Alps to the Baltic coast, no place in Germany is out of bounds in August. The country also hosts several events and festivals this month—all the more reason to visit. The only downside is the tourist crowds, as August in Germany is part of the high season. So, if you do not mind the crowd or paying a bit more for your tours and accommodations, this is an excellent month to take a trip to Germany.

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Germany Weather in August

Skyline cityscape of Frankfurt during sunny day in Germany in August.
The weather in Frankfurt is among the warmest cities during August.

The temperature in Germany in August ranges from mild to hot, with occasional thunderstorms. The countrywide temperatures average between 13°C and 24°C. In the north, coastal winds maintain a milder temperature, both on land and in water. Frankfurt is among the warmest cities around this time, where the mercury can reach highs of 25°C. For cooler climes, head to the Bavarian Alps, or the coastal regions.

Why Visit Germany in August

People enjoying beer during Beer Festival in Germany.
Raise a glass and have fun at Berlin's Beer Festival in August.
Scenic landscape of famous Rhine River Valley during summer.
Take in the breathtaking views of vineyards and medieval castles on a sunny August day in the Rhine River Valley.

Despite large crowds and increased prices, there are plenty of reasons to travel to Germany in August. Here are some of them:

Festivals: Germans love festivals, many of which take place during the summer months. Frankfurt’s Apple Wine Festival and Berlin’s international Beer Festival are among the major festivals held in August. Germany also hosts many smaller festivals and musical events this month.

Nightlife in the museums of Berlin: On August 26, Berlin’s museums stay open until after midnight, featuring special exhibitions and events. So, if you are in Berlin around this date, be sure to take the opportunity to experience after-hours museum tours.

Explore the outdoors: The pleasant August weather in Germany is ideal for exploring the country’s outdoor sceneries. From the stunning Rhine River Valley to the picture-postcard Bavarian countryside, there is a lot to see in Germany in August.

Where to Go and What to Do

Cathedral in Dresden, Germany.
The cathedral is Dresden's newest Baroque structure. It is also the largest Saxony church with a floor area of over 4,800 square meters.

August in Germany is one of the most popular months for travel, both for locals and international tourists. Destinations such as Berlin, Cologne, Bavaria, and the Black Forest are all charming, but you will not be the only one visiting these places, and the tour and accommodation prices also tend to soar. If you wish to avoid crowds and save up some travel costs, there are many places in Germany that are outside the travelers’ radar but equally as beautiful.

Take a trip to Berlin and explore the famous landmarks and museums and enjoy different cuisines. For a city break, you can check out the cities of Dusseldorf or Bonn. Both border the Rhine River in the West of the country and draw fewer international tourists. Bonn is the birthplace of Beethoven, and you can make the most of the warm August weather in Germany by strolling down his footsteps. In Dusseldorf, you can head to the old historic area, called the Altstadt, one of the most beautiful in all of Germany. Dusseldorf also has a Gourmet Festival in August, where you can try some of the best German delicacies.

When traveling in Germany in August, be sure to check out the world-renowned biergartens (beer gardens), dotted around the country. They are especially lively in August, as the workday finishes earlier. You will be able to enjoy the world-renowned selection of German beer with the locals.

If you are interested in castles, then there are plenty to choose from, with Germany boasting around 20,000 castles. We recommend taking a trip to Bavaria and visit the Nuremberg Castle and the Neuschwanstein Castle. There are also plenty of options further up north or east of the country, if you prefer a less crowded experience.

While the Bavarian Alps are pretty much filled with visitors in August, you could visit the Saxony Switzerland Mountains. Bordering Switzerland, it is Germany’s only rock national park and a great location for hiking.

If you do not mind crowds, you will have a whale of a time in Germany in August. You will be spoilt for choice of destinations and activities. The weather will be on your side as you enjoy the vibrant festivals, picturesque cities, and scenic outdoors. And if you prefer a more quiet and relaxing holiday experience, you could always head to the lesser-known regions.

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Published by Astha Joshi, updated on March 27, 2023

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